With 727 friends on Facebook, Malini Murmu was like any other college student who logged on often to the social network.
On Sunday, however, Malini found that her boyfriend, who she had fought with earlier that day, had posted a hurtful message. In his status update, Abhishek Dhan, who had graduated from IIT Roorkee, declared that he had "dumped" his girlfriend.
Malini hung herself that evening in her hostel room at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Bangalore. The 23-year-old, who is from Jamshedpur in Jharkand, left behind a message scribbled on the white board in her room. "He ditched me. This is the best I can do to take revenge."
A statement released by IIM today said, "The Bangalore Police are investigating what appears to be a case of suicide... Ms Murmu, 23, hailed from Jamshedpur. Malini came to IIMB last June, having worked at Infosys after completing her B. Tech. from KIIT. We have lost a bright young person in the prime of her life. "